Looking for a way of effecting change and getting people into action? Here are three things that must be in place for it to happen…Focus, Commitment and Capability. I learned this from Hubert Saint-Onge, a brilliant human being who presented it in such a simple way that I have never forgotten it. Here it is:
Focus is about having a clear sense of destination…knowing the what, how, why and where of the change to take place
Commitment is about the attitudes, emotions, will and the degree to which there is a sense of ownership among people who are making the change
Capability is about the degree to which skills, knowledge, processes and resources are present
When these three elements converge then, and only then, can change happen. Here’s the impact if one or more are missing:
- Focus & Commitment without Capability = Change that you WOULD make if you knew how
- Commitment & Capability without Focus = Change you MAY make if you were clear about what it was.
- Capability & Focus without Commitment = Change you COULD make if you were willing.
So, if you are preparing to make a change in your company or department and you want the folks to not only accept it but participate in it, check out where they are in terms of focus, commitment and capability. That’ll give you a hint about where you should be placing your attention and activity as a change leader.
Something to think about: How prepared are you to make change happen? What are you focused on? How will you gain commitment from others? Are they well enough equipped to make change successfully?
And just for fun..Here’s Bob Dylan. The Times They Are A-Changing. “You’d better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone” Check it out.